Adobe Creative Cloud Tips: Rufus Deuchler’s Silver Linings

Let’s face it, you probably live and breath using Adobe products for your designs. And there are sometimes extra tips or tricks you wish you had up your sleeve to help make your work go smoother. To point out things you may have missed, Adobe will share monthly tips with us meant to help make your day a bit better. This month, find some great tips from Rufus Deuchler (who pulls from his 20+ years of experience) about Adobe Illustrator, fonts and Adobe Muse.

Adobe Creative Cloud is all about having all the tools you need to unleash your creativity and about rapid innovation. Call me biased, but as a designer, I simply love what Creative Cloud is providing me with on a regular basis. Here are 3 cool things you may have missed.

Changing perspectives in Adobe Illustrator

In Illustrator you can use the Perspective Grid to draw or place objects in one, two or three point perspectives. This is very helpful to achieve something like the dice below, or far more complex artwork.

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Under View > Perspective Grid choose “Lock Station Point”, and you can move the vanishing points to get the exact result you’re looking for; the graphics will re-render to match the new perspective. In the past, you had to start over if the perspective was off. But, this was part of the many January Creative Cloud updates and is a great example of how rapid development benefits all of us.

 

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Fonts, fonts, fonts

As a designer, one of the Creative Cloud features that really makes me tick is the ability to access hundreds of Typekit fonts for use on my desktop at no extra cost, all part of your membership.

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The new “Add Fonts from Typekit” button in InDesign and Illustrator CC make it very easy to discover and add the fonts you need for your projects. Your Adobe ID is carried over, so you are automatically signed into Typekit, and there you’ll be able to browse and search a growing library of desktop fonts. Simply click on “+ Use Fonts” and seconds later that font will be available on your desktop, just as any other font already residing on your computer.

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Plus, we’ve made it super easy to view just your Typekit fonts in your very long font list: simply press the “Apply Typekit Filter” button. Make sure to also browse the great lists that Typekit has prepared, check out the foundries, of visit the galleries for inspiration. There is so much to see and learn about over at Typekit.

 

Extending Adobe Muse

Adobe Muse has quickly become one of my favorite applications in the Creative Cloud. The promise of being able to create websites quickly, stylishly, and without writing code has definitely been maintained by the team. Muse is another great example of how continuous innovation at Adobe benefits users, one release after the other. Great stuff coming all the time.

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One of the cool things in Muse are the Widgets, which are basically pre-baked elements that you can place and modify to your needs and/or designs. In the November release, we’ve made it possible for any users to create Widgets that can be added to your personal Library in Muse. It’s as simple as opening the new Library panel in Muse, click on “Adobe Muse Exchange”, explore and find the widgets you could use and click “Download Item”.

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Back in Muse, in the Library Panel, click the “Import Muse Library” button, and import your newly downloaded widget. By the way, if you happen to create your own widgets and are willing to share, please feel free to submit them to us.

If you want to learn more about the features mentioned above and many more, head over to Adobe. There you’ll find a treasure trove of tips and tutorials to get you going. Stay tuned for more tips.

 

Learn even more about Adobe Creative Cloud and hear Rufus’ insights with his Everything You Need to Know About Adobe Creative Cloud session from HOW Design Live. Plus, learn start creating your own apps with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Premium Collection.

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